It looks like it and certainly does. Seemingly out of the blue, Boba Fett’s ship is getting a new name on at least two officially licensed products right now: “Boba Fett’s Starship” on one and “Boba Fett’s Starfighter” on the other. Bring some quotes from licensees and it looks like a done deal.
Longtime fans have called him – and always will call him – Slave I for over 40 years, but now the recently unveiled LEGO product in August is labeled “Boba Fett’s Starship” and a re-released MPC model of the ship calls it “The Boba Fett’s star hunter. ” Both full names appear to be trademarks. We don’t know if we will be consistent in the future.
Withheld from publication until the official LEGO product announcement, Jedi News and The BrickSet interviewed LEGO from LEGO Fan Media Days last month, where LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen reportedly said what follows: “Everyone is [dropping Slave I]. It’s probably not something that has been announced publicly, but it’s just something that Disney doesn’t want to use anymore.
That’s not all. For more on the second situation so far, in a video shared with us by BFFC fan TheNormtrooper (Twitter), Round 2 Models’ Jamie Hood was at WonderFest USA on June 6 where MPC had a booth. In their video at 14 minutes 20 seconds, you can clearly hear the MPC spokesperson add the following note: “Yes, they renamed the ship. It’s not our choice, but that’s what they call it now.
Our friends from Yakface also noticed that GameStop uses “Boba Fett’s Starship” (with the brand symbol in a different location) on some road signs, next to “Slave I”, already on the box of an existing product.
Overall, “Starship” and / or “Starfighter” are completely forgettable and meaningless names. There has been little to no public outrage over the ‘slave’ part of the name, although that’s not an excuse here in 2021. It’s a big missed opportunity to exchange a memorable name – Slave I, sometimes written as Slave One or Slave 1 – and go instead Great generic. They could have gone with “Boba Fett’s Firespray-31” for example.
Although the ship’s name has never been spoken aloud in a movie, it has been featured on toys and on paper since 1980. Even the vintage toy said “Slave I, Boba Fett’s spaceship”.
One possible explanation for all of this could be marketing. With such an influx of fans thanks to “The Mandalorian” and the teaser for “The Book of Boba Fett”, is it easier to sell toys to people of all ages if “slave” is not in the name including typing in search engines? Sure.
Objectives of the story?
Another possibility could be related to the transformation of Boba in “The Mandalorian”. Maybe the new name is like his new coat of paint. The new LEGO set is specifically themed “The Mandalorian”, although it is not clear whether the MPC model is “The Empire Strikes Back” or not. (The ship doesn’t look much different between the two, if at all.)
A third possibility seems to be related to “Huttslayer”, the relatively new name to describe Leia when she was Jabba’s dancer. Until 2015, her nickname for this section of history was “Slave Leia”. But going back to the original call sheets in the ’80s, according to Fantha Tracks, she was Jabba’s slave. It was part of the story and certainly significant when she defeated Jabba. Here in 2021, many non-Star Wars brands have gotten more fair if there is anything controversial about it.
When we discussed the news yesterday with BFFC fans on our social media, scifi_fan_kat (Twitter) had a good contribution on the story behind the name developed in the tradition of “legends”: “I can understand why they would, but if people knew the tradition they would understand why he was called that. Jango had been enslaved after his clan was slaughtered at the Battle of Galidraan and named the ship so after escaping the slavery.
BFFC contributor BestOfFett (Twitter) has more to say about the name: “Additionally, ‘slave’ is terminology referring to the ability to control the vessel from a distance. What Fett did on occasion. It just doesn’t make sense [in my opinion]. “
Another BFFC fan, ImDannyG (Twitter), added another sentiment that many others have: “It wasn’t even a problem people were complaining about, you know? It’s really unnecessary, embarrassing, and honestly, it’s pretty disrespectful to the character’s story. Such strange moments.
Well, at least we get “The Book of Boba Fett” and Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc, right?
But what do you think of the name of his ship? Does the name make a difference to you? Should it be one way or the other? Let us know in the comments.